Types of learning - Residential activities

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Residential activities provide an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of a subject. Teaching often features case studies and participants are encouraged to share best practices. In 2019 CEPOL will offer for the first time simulations in its trainings.

All participant applications for residential activities must be made through your CEPOL National Unit.

Residential Training Activity is a physical gathering of Participants and Trainers for a certain number of days for the purpose of transfer of knowledge, expertise and skills between Trainers and Participants, facilitated by the Organiser, who is represented by the Activity Manager. The term “residential” refers to the fact that a physical venue is required.

A Residential Training Activity can be a course, a seminar, or a conference:

  • Course is a training programme on a particular topic by means of learning/teaching activities like a specified number of lessons, practical exercises, study visits, discussions, group work, assignments, etc.
  • Seminar is a meeting for an intensive exchange of knowledge, experience or views on a specific topic for the encouragement and improvement of cooperation. It is a discussion focused upon an expert(s) presentation(s), project report or paper(s).
  • Conference is a large official meeting which may last several days and at which people with the same or similar work or interests come together to enhance their knowledge, experience, views and understanding.

Residential Training Activity Organiser: CEPOL itself or a Framework Partner in a Member State1, responsible for preparing all aspects of a Residential Training Activity, covering the content, budget planning, implementation and logistics, following the timeline for Residential Training Activities. The Organiser is free to organise the respective work as necessary by having an Activity Manager and staff meant to assist with the organisation of content and/or logistics.


Activity Manager: natural person nominated by the Organiser, who is responsible for implementing the Residential Training Activity, according to the Curriculum, Programme, Budget and ensuring all the necessary logistical aspects for its implementation.

Trainers: natural persons who transfer their knowledge, expertise and skills before, during and after the Residential Training Activity, and prepare and deliver the learning in cooperation with the Organiser and using the CEPOL Learning Management System (LMS). Trainers can be from:

  • Law enforcement agencies and training institutions,
  • EU Agencies or bodies,
  • the Framework Partners,
  • international or regional organisations and entities,
  • private sector,
  • academia, or
  • other relevant entities.

Teaching methods:

  • Lectures
  • Practical exercise
  • Assignments
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Role-play
  • Other

Assessment strategy:

The assessment strategy has the focus on the learning process, not on a grading. It is a combination of:

  • Participant profile.
  • Self-assessment.
  • Participant feedback.
  • Monitoring through the course.

More information available in the User's Guide for Participants of CEPOL Residential Training Activities, in Decision 12/2016/GB on the CEPOL Training Evaluation Methodology and in the Privacy Statement for the Processing of Personal Data in CEPOL Residential Training Activities.

List of residential activities

1Denmark is not considered Member States in relation to CEPOL in accordance with Protocol 22 on the position of Denmark and Protocol 21 on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice, annexed to the TEU and to the TFEU.


Office address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1066 Budapest
Ó utca 27

Correspondence address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1903 Budapest

Email address

Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

Fax: +36 1 803 8032